The Shia Central Waqf Board on Thursday removed Athar Abbas Naqvi, brother of Union Minister of State for Minority and Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, from the post of caretaker (mutawalli) for waqf property Chhoti Karbala and graveyard in Bareilly over alleged corruption charges.
Terming the decision as politically motivated, Naqvi claimed he will file a defamation suit against the board and its chairman Waseem Rizvi.
The Shia Waqf Board has appointed Waqar Haider Zaidi as administrator for taking direct control of the waqf property in Bareilly after removing Naqvi. During the Board meeting on Wednesday, it was found that Naqvi allegedly extorted money from members of Shia community for providing them land for graves in Chhoti Karbala and Kabristan.
Rizvi claimed that Naqvi deliberately did not pursue a court case resulting in losing waqf property in Bareilly. “He even threatened people using the name of his brother if anybody raised a voice,” he alleged.
“Board is conducting an inquiry into Athar Abbas Naqvi’s role in corruption over waqf property. Once we get the report, we will register an FIR against him,” Rizvi added.
Naqvi, however, refuted the allegations. “I have developed the waqf property and Bareilly’s Shia community will tell the truth. It is a political move by Rizvi. I have not received any notice but will file a defamation suit against him after getting it,” Naqvi told The Indian Express.
Naqvi also said that these days, it was not possible to threaten anyone using the name of a Union minister as every one is powerful. “Earlier my father was the waqf’s mutawalli and now I am looking after the Karbala and Kabristan. I have developed it by getting grant from the Centre,” he added.
Meanwhile, Rizvi informed that 18 other mutawallis in various districts have also been changed due to several complaints. These included waqf properties in Lucknow, Muzaffarnagar, Allahabad, Hardoi, Aligarh, Kanpur, Faizabad, Amroha, Kasganj and Jaunpur. The mutawalli of Abbas Bagh waqf Malka Zamani was also removed over complaints of selling waqf property and Imam Asghar was appointed as its new administrator.